Ovens, Showers, Irons, Oh My……. Part 1

Ovens, Showers, Irons, Oh My…….. Part 1

Spring is here, finally. I have been thinking about all those house hold cleaning projects that I haven’t had time for. So, strap in and get ready for the ride of your life to clean and let those that clean!

First on the list is my clothes iron, yes I know your probably saying she still uses an iron. Yup!  Like most mothers of children. I make crafts with my children that require an iron. Well, not all materials liked my settings as shown.

How to clean Irons: ( Best Method )

  1. Get a Mr. Clean eraser  ( heavy duty )  sponge. That works best.
  2. Fold a common dish towel several times.
  3. I turn the iron on. I heat on the settings between Synthetics and cottons.
  4. Wet the sponge and set it on the towel.
  5. Rub the iron over the wet sponge.

You can also use this method when the iron is cold.

Other methods that work but aren’t as fast .

  1. Mix 1 Tbsp.  of vinegar to 1 Tbsp. of table salt.
  2. Moisten a Mr. Clean eraser ( heavy duty ) sponge with mixture on a cold iron.

White toothpaste also works on the iron plate.

Warning: The ladder two methods will clog the steam holes.


( Soap scum, hard water mineral build up and hard water stains )

Soap scum: You can put your shampoo on a sponge and that easily removes the soap scum off of your glass doors. Another method is: One part vinegar and one part baking soda, depending on the build up you might have to make this mixture into a paste, and use a Mr. Clean eraser ( heavy duty ) sponge and some scrubbing power.

Mineral built up on shower heads:

Put 1/4 to 1/2 cup of undiluted white vinegar in a plastic bag. Put over the shower head and secure with a bread tie wrap or a rubber band and let the shower head soak 2 hours to over night.

Green hard water stains in sinks and showers.

What  I have found to work the best is; Straight lemon juice with a Mr. Clean eraser ( heavy duty ) sponge. It takes about 2 minutes to remove the built up.

Dirty ovens:

The best time to start oven cleaning is in the evening, so you can spray down the baking soda a couple times before going to bed. In the morning I would spray it down one last time.

  1. Cover all surfaces with baking soda. You don’t want any of the surfaces exposed.
  2. Fill an empty spray bottle with water. Spray all the baking soda, but don’t soak with water.
  3. Spray again when the baking soda dries.
  4. Scrape the baking soda off  the bottom of the oven. The baked on spills will come up with the baking soda.
  5. Use a damp Mr. Clean eraser ( heavy duty ) sponge to remove any spots left behind.

To avoid spills:

Don’t put down foil. It hinders the heat moving around the oven.

Do use a cookie sheet under a casserole dish to  catch any spills.

Warnings and tips

Don’t start cleaning an oven that hasn’t totally cooled.

For added strength, put lemon juice into your spray bottle.

Happy Cleaning!

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